US N+A World Cup Discussion Part Deux

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by schrutebuck, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I was checking the FIFA rankings, and the 32 top NTs are distributed thusly:

    20 UEFA
    7 CONMEBOL
    3 CONCACAF
    2 CAF

    The highest rated AFC team is Japan at #45. Something has gone terribly wrong with Asia.

    In OFC, New Zealand (arguably the only team in the region that matters) is #101. That confederation is a joke.

    Before the WC, the top 32 were:

    20 UEFA
    6 CONMEBOL
    3 CONCACAF
    3 CAF

    So Africa lost one, and South America got one more. UEFA, even though only got 6 out of 13 teams out of group, kept their 20.
     
  2. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    #11302 Cliveworshipper, Aug 1, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

    ...so...

    70% of COMNEBOL teams are in the top 32
    50% of COMNEBOL teams made it to group

    37% of UEFA teams are in the top 32
    11% of UEFA teams made it to group

    7% of CONCACAF teams are in the top 32
    7% of CONCACAF teams made it to group.


    3.7% of CAF teams are in the top 32
    2% of CAF teams made it to group.
     
  3. Dr. Gamera

    Dr. Gamera Member+

    Oct 13, 2005
    Wheaton, Maryland
    You're not necessarily wrong about New Zealand being the only OFC team that matters... but I can't pass up the opportunity to tip my cap to Tahiti.

     
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  4. ImaPuppy

    ImaPuppy Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Using too many parentheses
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
  5. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Lovely. They pretended to row that quintessential Tahitian canoe, the va'a:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    If you want a long back swing take a look at Zardes. By the time he's through, the gk has had time to open the telegram and dictate a reply "tks msg easy save".
     
  7. dban

    dban Member

    May 20, 2003
    PhillyBurbs - Delawareside
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What does "made it to group" mean?
     
  8. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    I was referring to having made it out of the group of four teams that play in the round robin stage and into the single elimination stage. So, the group of 16 teams.
     
  9. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Great, I'll get started on training exercises right now.
     
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  10. dwsmith1972

    dwsmith1972 BigSoccer Supporter

    May 11, 2007
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I miss the world cup...
    been watching this a lot.
     
  11. LouisZ

    LouisZ Member+

    Oct 14, 2010
    Southern California-USA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They should have it every 2 years. 4 years is way too long when the average soccer player's peak is probably a span of 4 years.
     
  12. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why tip your hat to a team who got routed by everyone they played at the Confederations Cup? They're just another unremarkable minnow of world soccer, much like the Central American and Carribbean teams that the US plays against on a regular basis.
     
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  13. White/Blue_since1860

    Jan 4, 2007
    Bum zua City
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    It is already there. It's called Euro and it used to be even more competetive than WC.
     
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  14. evangel

    evangel Member+

    Apr 12, 2007
    Yes, because every player in the world is allowed to compete in the Euro.
     
  15. LouisZ

    LouisZ Member+

    Oct 14, 2010
    Southern California-USA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Unfortunately, we are not across the pond. Our only game in town is GC :-(
     
  16. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
    I'm disappointed that the euro cup has been expanded to 24 teams. Hopefully that doesn't drop the competitiveness of some of the games. It loses some of the story lines due to just being euro teams, but in terms of quality matches, it is definitely right up there with the WC.

    Luckily, we will be playing in the Copa America Centario around the same time. If we qualify for the Olympics, 2016 will be a great summer for watching soccer!!!
     
  17. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No, it wasn't.....
     
  18. USOutlaw16

    USOutlaw16 Member+

    Milwaukee Bavarians
    United States
    Jan 22, 2011
    On the Gringo Wall of Shame
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    On the other hand, Denmark in '92 and Greece in '04 are the stuff of legends
     
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  19. Pass-n-Go

    Pass-n-Go Member+

    Jul 5, 2008
    or the work of the Devil.
     

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